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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

London School of Economics and Political Science

5th floor 

Lionel Robbins Building

10 Portugal Street






Chair, EDI Taskforce

Professor Carola Frege



Executive Officer, EDI Taskforce

Joy Whyte


020 7955 7096


Head of EDI Office

Carolyn Solomon-Pryce


020 7955 6621


EDI Manager

Isabella Chan


020 7955 7826


EDI Research Analyst

Dr Nicole Boyce


020 7955 7204 


Research and Communications Officer 

Dr Alex Free


020 7955 6762


Research Officer, Race in the Academy 

Dr Akile Ahmet 


020 7106 1229


Research and Communications Assistant  

Paroj Banerjee


020 7106 1229

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Highlights and events

Gender and ethnicity earnings gap at LSE

The EDI Taskforce commissioned a statistical analysis of the pay and promotion gap of women for academic staff and the pay gap of women and ethnic minorities for professional services staff in 2015. We are really thankful to Professor Oriana Bandiera from the Department of Economics, LSE, for her work and support in undertaking this important analysis. The report was announced by Professor Julia Black, LSE's Director, via a School-wide communication on 5 September 2016.

Progress report for 2015–16: EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Taskforce

With the first of its two years of operation coming to a close, LSE’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce has released its ‘Progress report on equity, diversity and inclusion matters at LSE (2015–16)’.

The report outlines the principal objectives of the taskforce and its key practical outcomes and initiatives, encompassing: gender diversity in relation to pay, hiring, promotion and workload; developing anti-bullying and anti-harassment reporting and resolution mechanisms; an EDI audit of professional services staff; the Race in the Academy research project; the Stonewall Workplace Equality submission and support of the School’s Athena SWAN application; fostering a more inclusive School culture; institutionalising EDI around LSE; and improving EDI-related communications.

The EDI team would like to thank the members of its steering committee and working groups for their valuable contributions to the work of the Taskforce in its first year. The team would also like to express its appreciation to the many individuals around the School who have provided feedback, ideas and suggestions on EDI-related activities and projects.

Assistant Professor in Political Science (diversity focus)

The Department of Government at the LSE is accepting applications for the post of a career-track Assistant Professor in Political Science whose research explores questions of political inequality, identity and representation with respect to gender and/or race. The closing date for the application is 22 September 2016. For more information please refer to the job advert

Women in Science: past, present, and future challenges

On Tuesday 27 September 2016, between 6.30 to 8pm, at the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, join the Forum for European Philosophy for a public discussion by speakers Dr Patricia Fara, Professor Melissa Hines and Dr Cailin O’Connor and chair Dr Jonathan Birch on women in science and their challenges. This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. 

EDI and Organisational Learning Autumn Training Courses

From September 2016 to January 2017, at the LSE, the Cultural Ability Development Engagement & Talent (CADET) programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees will be run by Imperial College London. Please contact Joy Whyte for more information and to be added to the programme mailing list. 

Everyday Sexism: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion annual lecture

On Tuesday 11 October 2016, between 6.30pm to 8pm, at the Sheikh Zayed  Theatre, New Academic Building, join the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Lecture, to hear Laura Bates speak and Professor Anne Phillips chair, on everyday sexism. This event is free and open to all with no ticket orpre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Challenging the Silence in Higher Education: Race & Racism in the Academy

 On 13 October 2016, in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London we are holding a one day symposium and evening exhibition based on our project ‘Race in the Academy’.

Universities consider themselves liberal spaces of critical thinking. They are however, sites of power. The knowledge produced and reproduced in universities is textured by inequality because "knowledge" itself is not necessarily unbiased and unaffected by the purveyor. It can be highly racialized, gendered and infused with assumptions of class. Current research demonstrate that race and racism are highly apparent in the space of the university. It is manifest through a range of contact from personalised micro aggression to structural and institutional racism. In recent months the university has been a contested site in Southern Africa, the United States and the UK. There have been many flash points.

This symposium seeks to create a space for the articulation and expression of pertinent issues that feed into the current debate. Invited guests, institutional voices, researchers, and students will come together to explore the challenges in the twenty-first century higher education environment. Be part of the conversation and commitment to move the dialogue forward.

Speakers include: Dr Suki Ali, Dr Kehinde Andrews, Professor Gargi Battacharyya, Professor Kalwant Bhopal,  Professor Steve Garner, Dr William Henry, Claire Herbert and Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng.

For further information refer to the full list of speakers. To attend the symposium and evening exhibition please register through eventbrite. 

LSE Black Achievement Conference

On Saturday 15 October 2016, from 10.45-15.30, at the LSE, the Widening Participation Team is hosting its 9th annual Black Achievement Conference. Aimed at African-Caribbean students in school years 10 through to 12 and their parents/carers, this conference is one day free event held as a part of national Black History Month.

This event will be hosted by presenter and entertainer Kat B from MTV and includes a line-up of high profile engaging speakers and role models from across the African-Caribbean community. The Programme includes: Motivational sessions; Parent/Carer workshops with practical tips on supporting their child’s education; and student life workshops led by LSE’s African Caribbean Society.

If you are interested in attending the Conference please complete the application form by Friday 30 September 2016.  For further queries contact the widening.participation@lse.ac.uk.

International Inequalities Institute: Assistant Professorial Research Fellow (NRSC Level 1)

The International Inequalities Institute at the LSE is seeking to recruit an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow who would work in a multi-disciplinary environment that raises key questions on different dimensions of inequality. The two-year fellowship would be drawing on the applicant’s expertise that specifically focuses on ethnicity, race and equity. The Inequalities Institute is looking for proposals concerned with contexts in the global South or North, with an explanation of the wider insights that these will generate.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 October 2016 (23.59 UK time). Interviews are likely to be held in w/c 5 December 2016.

For further information about the position, please refer to the job advert

LSE Gender Institute: Assistant Professor in Gender and Security

The Gender Institute at LSE is accepting applications for the post of Assistant Professor in Gender and Security with expertise and research interests in the inter-related fields of gender and security and a focus on one or more of the following: theorising policy and practice relating to the women, peace and security agenda; gender and peace making and peace building, conflict resolution and securitisation; human rights and humanitarian law, transitional justice; political economy approaches to violence; sexuality, embodiment and war; critical military studies; the humanitarian and aid industry or other related fields. The candidate is expected to teach on and convene it’s MSc programme in Women, Peace and Securty as well as contribute to the institute’s core research.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2016 (23.59 UK time). 

For further information about the position, please refer to the job advert

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